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Sleeman LightSleeman Light

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
When an increasing number of Canadians began asking for a light premium beer that didn't compromise on its premium taste, Sleeman answered. And that answer was Sleeman light.

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 51
Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.43/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Sleeman Light has a thick, creamy, white head, a clear, deep gold appearance, bubble streams, and fairly heavy lacing left behind. Aroma is of sweet malts, and the flavor is of a bit of notebook paper, some sweet white bread, and a dash of yeast. Mouthfeel is low medium, and Sleeman Light finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of Lewnanny
3.69/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sleeman have done a nice production beer. the nice yellow of this beer is attractive and this commercial beer will be arround for a long time.

The 4% ABV is just perfect and is easy to drink often in summer when the weather is hot.

This beer is not bitter and easy to drink

Got this beer again on:
June 11 2106

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Photo of kevofficiel
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sleeman light: 4 ABV.
The look of it really light, you have that golden yellow color.
The smell is the same as the Sleeman Original, nothing different .
The carbonation is really light on the glass but on the taste it is more powerful.
Now the taste is the same as the Sleeman Original. Since it have only 4 ABV, the taste was more on the watery side but on the after taste you find the same as the Sleeman Original. It's nice and refreshing but don t expect to be drunk on that beer. The alcohol is not really noticeable.
So overall would I recommend it ? Yes and No.
Yes because it is a little bit much better than the Coors Light or a Bud Light.
No because if you wanna drink a Sleeman, go get the Sleeman Original or even a Honey Brown. But I give the same mark as the Sleeman Original because the only difference is the light version is more on the watery side.

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Photo of Tone
3.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, slight hops, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of corn/rice. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of corn/rice, pale malt, slight sweet malt, and slight hops. Overall, good appearance, decent aroma, and decent body.

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Photo of papat444
1.93/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: An eggshell white head with a bright, clear, very pale yellow body.

Smell: Aroma of cereal and corn. Not too bad.

Taste: Like diluted beer mixed with stale cereals and a tinge of sweet fruit.

Mouthfeel: Flaccid, dull, lifeless.

Overall: Pretty awful taste-wise. Not even refreshing.

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Photo of jaslesp
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Well this beer is definetly the best light american lager. It's more golden than most of them and smells great but it's still below average. The taste is for sur above average. It has even more taste than other macro lagers. The mouthfeel is ok but there's nothing amazing about it. Overall it's tastier than most light lagers.

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Photo of JamesHenjum
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Kept it in the can. Was outside at a get together.

S: Smelt like your typical light lager. Wet grain with slight hop on the end.

T: This beer surprised me a lot. It tasted pretty good for a light lager. It was still watery, but in a good way. Some malt and hops with a drop of spice on the end. Bit of sweetness too. The flavor is so light and yet complex compared to must other light beers.

M: Very refreshing. Good carbonation. Light crisp finish with no aftertaste.

O: I had this on vacation in Canada. I doubt they have this back home in Florida, but if they did I might pick it up. Nice light beer.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.06/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- I drank this because it was gifted to me and a tick is a tick. Light straw yellow with a fizzy minimal white cap that left before i got to know it. no lace.

S- Sleeman Premium light smells like Pepé Le Pew, very skunky just like the regular version. Maybe some malts in here and very faded hops. All I really get is the skunked smell.

T- Well, the taste is slightly skunked as well but not as much as the regular version, hence, this being the light version. Grains and just a notion of hop presence. Some bready malts as well.

M- Thin and light but alot of active carbonation is heard and felt. Goes down very easy and would be better without pepe.

D- Not really, I finished my bottle because I was parched and needed some liquid but I would not willingly buy this for myself, or bring it to a party. I want to try this in Canada to see if there is a difference.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.07/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

355ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, corn, hint of caramel

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts, grains, and and corn. There is also a bit of a caramel sweetness that gives this beer cream ale flavour. It ends with a grainy/corn aftertaste with a hint of sweetness.

Overall – Probably the best light beer on the market. It's not exactly packed with taste, but it's got more than coors/bud/etc. I can also get a case for around 20$ in Quebec which is pretty reasonable.

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Photo of Mit
3.33/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So....this may be my first light beer review...LOL

a-Pours a pale straw colour with no head to speak of.

s-malty....slight yeasty smell...pretty non descript.

t-Hmmmm....not much there...slight malt real hoppiness. Very inoffensive.

m-It's good for a light beer. Not too watery.

o-Overall this is a decent light beer. I mean I'm not reaching for any light beer over a regular beer but this is great on a hot day.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Good mass produced Light beers aren't easy to come by.

Served from a clear 341 ml bottle.

A- Nice gold color with a decent head of foam that dissipates leaving some lace. Not what I was expecting at all.

S- Aromas of Corn, slight citrus, somewhat sweet. On par for the style.

T- More of the same. Touch of grain, bready, sweetness, mild citrus, slight grassiness, very clean with minimal aftertaste (if any).

M- as expected, a little watery but good carbonation for the style.

D- Drinkable, good sessionable beer.

Overall I've had better...but not many. Sleeman Light completely surpassed my expectations. This is a decent light beer with enough character to make it a solid session beer and the best light beer in the mass production market.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 100% crystal clear ale coloured beer, lots of carbonation. the head is a nice white fluffy in appearance. some nice lacing occurring as well.

Smell - crisp, light, some wheat, very refreshing.

Taste - easy drinking, actually pick up some sweetness to this beer. clean and refreshing, goes down light.

Mouthfeel - some carbonation added, not much. there isnt a lot of added value here.

Overall - this is a good session beer, very light, very good for day to day drinking. Thanks for the trade with spinrsx!

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Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sleeman Light might as well be called Sleeman Bright, and might as well come with a lampshade. I like seeing beaming colour in a light lager - it makes me optimistic it hasn't been diluted of all its character. And untarnished clarity is always a good sign too.

There's no disguising the fact that light beers are intentionally emasculated versions of classic European-style lagers. Usually this neutering amounts to a beer that is in every way "precisely wrong" but the odd time a brewery will find a way of getting it "vaguely right", which is much preferable but also much rarer. This may be one of those few successes...

Most brewers consider "light" lagers to absolve them from having to add any flavour and basically give them carte blanche to dilute the beer with as many adjuncts as they please. Make no mistake: many of the world's worst beers are light (or "lite") lagers. And don't think that this is just coming from personal opinion - it's a cold hard fact. Check the reviews.

And it's easily evidenced by the plethora of light lagers on the market that reek of foul, cheap fermentables, sully the palate with cloying chemicals, have no colour or character less the off-putting flavours that arise from prioritizing profits over integrity. This beer, while not exonerated of all wrong doing, does not offend. And that is a big improvement.

I might as well admit that I like the taste, provided it's served on the cooler side. There isn't much flavour perceived, no, but it is agreeable and has an authentically grainy quality about it. The aroma is neutral and, like the body, is devoid of anything perceptibly synthetic. It has a very clean mouthfeel too and qualifies as refreshing in my books.

The impossible has happened: I've found a light lager that I actually don't mind drinking. It may not be something I'd willingly pay for, but I find Sleeman Light quite approachable, certainly much more so than most other offerings in this style. If I had only the limited selection of commercial lagers at my disposal, this would be a brainless choice.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass july8 2010

A clear pale golden with decent carbonation and a fast falling fingers worth of head that left no lace

S mild grassy hops and some corn

T not far from the smell, nothing special but nothing offensive

M thin and lots of bubbles about what I expect from a light macro

D pretty easy to drink at the end of the day, no problems just a basic light lager

I picked up some single Sleeman cans just for a try and they were better than I thought they would be. I did think they would be awful so when they turned out average I was pretty pleased.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
4.01/5  rDev +35%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium to darker gold, rich white head quickly disappated. lower than usual carbonation. Aroma is sweeter malty/gristy and a bit earthy. As I suspected, a lighter version of the Silver Creek lager. Clean crisp, sweeter maltiness that has a bit of gristy adjunct but not in excess. Very high quality for a light lager. These would go down very easy on a warm day as they are light and crisp but high quality.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a fizzy yellow with a small head. The smell is mostly corn adjunct with a tiny bit of grassy hops. The taste is very close to the smell, nothing too exciting but not horrible for a light beer. The mouthfeel has the right carbonation to be incredibly drinkable. Not a bad beer if you have to drink something light, and it comes in fancy bottle with a maple leaf and a beaver on it.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341mL bottle with no freshness date poured into pint glass.

Pours a clear yellow with lots of carbonation feeding a fizzy, two finger initial head. Head fades quickly, leaving a scant haze and no lacing.

Aroma is cooked corn, a touch of honey and a bit of grassy hops. Subdued, but not surprising given the style.

Taste is more cooked corn, a hint of steely biscuit, honey, touch of apple, and some mild grassy hops to finish it off.

Light body (duh) with ample carbonation. Feels pretty good in the mouth, crisp and refreshing.

Drinkable in the sense of easy to consume. Crisp, refreshing, just enough flavour to make it worth trying again if offered.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20oz pint at Original Joe's in downtown Edmonton west.

This beer appears a clear, pale golden yellow colour, with one finger of weakly foamy, and mostly just soapy bone-white head, which dissipates quickly, leaving very little in the way of lace in its wake.

It smells of faint pale grainy malt, acetone, watery corn grits, and somewhat acrid weedy and skunky hops. The taste is more very light pale graininess, cold corn on the cob, a suggestion of wan acidic orchard fruit, a metallic stoniness, and somewhat stanky and weedy hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side, what with its probing frothiness, the body a veritable lightweight, but not really all that thin, with an adequate smoothness. It finishes off-dry, with some barely-there and unaware graininess.

Nothing special, but perfectly adequate and thirst quenching enough, I suppose, for sitting on a patio in September, when it's sunny and 32 degrees outside (that's Celsius, not Fahrenheit, although I can understand any misconceptions here). Not great, yeah, but there's so much worse available elsewhere, in this unfortunately successful style.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear straw with a brittle white head. Nose is sweet with some grass, apple and and honey tones. Light, watery flavour and mouthfeel. A bit of husky grain, apple and very mild bitterness in the finish dissipates quickly. Easy drinking of course - there's not much to this, but certainly not the least flavourful light beer around. Passable.

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Photo of Viggo
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can, don't ask why I'm drinking this.

Pours a crystal clear light orange, some golden highlights, big and fizzy white head forms, quickly bubbles away down to a thin ring and layer around the glass, a few lace spots stick. Smell is alright, sweet and corny, light floral, touch of citrus, honey, a bit bready and crackery, not a lot of character but smells alright for the style. Taste is similar, just a touch of malt character, honey, corn syrup, bread, mildly floral, just about zero aftertaste, pretty drinkable. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. No real off flavours, for a light lager this could certainly be worse.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one at the liquor store. Being one of my more preferred macro breweries, I thought I'd give their light a shot.

Appearance: Poured with a nice thumb and a half of frothy head that retained surprisingly decently and even gave me a little bit of lacing. The beer itself is a gold, and not leaning towards yellow like most light beers. Excellent clarity and signs of solid carbonation and slow bubbles consistently rise from the body.

Smell: A lot more then most light beers put out, as grassy malts can be picked up without the need for warming. I'm catching the barest notes of mixed grains in the background as well. Still, it is clearly subdued, which given the style, should be no surprise.

Taste: Well, it is a light beer, so the entire experience is a bit watered down but that is to be expected. It starts with sweeter grassy malt, that permeates the beer until the end where a slight touch of bitterness that I'm not sure if hops or something else is causing. I do like how the grassy taste, doesn't linger and is subdued enough to actually be enjoyable. A bit boring and average, yes but you could do worse.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is really what gives this beer a chance. It seems to kick in the mouth to allow the beer's taste to make more then a token appearance. Very smooth, as should be expected and no aftertaste to speak of.

Drinkability: It's a light beer, so needless to say this is where the beer shines. No stomach issues, a lack of aftertaste and a superbly refreshing experience lets this beer score high here. I would have no trouble pounding back a case of this stuff. The only thing I have to take away is that this beer may leave you belching a bit with the carbonation.

Final Thoughts: Pretty much the best light beer I've had thusfar. The thing I also like about this beer, is that it doesn't taste like it is just a watered down version of their Lager, Sleeman Draught. It seems to be a brew unto itself, and it pretty much does everything that a light beer can. Do yourself a favor, if you enjoy the occasional Coors or Bud Light during a hot day, pickup a six pack of this stuff instead.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My bottle of sleeman light was left at my house after a summer get together. I drank it after washing two cars and was in need of something light and refreshing.

It poured a typical golden colour with a head made up of some very large bubbles of carbonation. The head receded to nothing very quickly.

The smell is fresh is some grassy malts. Neither good nor bad. The taste is similar.. light malted sweetness.. no discernible hoppiness. It doesn't sound all that appealing but in the end it's a step up from BMC.

Mouthfeel is light and a little watery but not bad. Sessionability is good. You could put a few of these away with no trouble.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.64/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light bronze, not the pale yellow color I expected. The head quickly recedes but leaves a respectable trail of lace webs behind. Wet straw and some distant grass clippings and vegetal notes make up the nose. The flavor on the sweet side, with a watery, flaccid malt profile and no hops to speak of. The mouthfeel is about as watery as you'd expect, very light and languidly carbonated. The finish ends before it really even starts.

This beer is very mediocre. Its not unpleasant to drink but it doesnt hold a candle to the better light beers like Sam Adams and Walkerville, where there is at least some hop and malt interplay.

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Photo of DoctorStrangiato
4.17/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a 341-ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - decent yellow colour with thin, disappearing head that leaves just a few surface bubbles.

Smell - fresh-scented grassy malts.

Taste - very good flavour, malty barley with some refreshing thin hop flavour at the end.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and enjoyable.

Drinkability - my #1 session beer. This stuff has enough taste to satisfy, refreshing character, and low alcohol content so you don't feel bad after several. A great go-to beer selection that I would recommend over and over.

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Sleeman Light from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
2.97 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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